Saturday, 23 August 2014
Normandy Trip 
On Thursday morning we were looking for something interesting to do, so picked up some leaflets in the local tourist office. The result was a trip to the Chateau de Landal near Dol de Betagne, which has recently been opened to the public and is in the process of being restored by a heritage trust. They have a website here:
In the UK this place would have been tidied up by English Heritage or the national Trust but in France it has been left pretty much untouched, with goats in the moat, overgrown walls and crumbling masonry. The atmosphere is very low key and we could wander around pretty much as we wanted, with no health and safety warnings to be seen.
It's a fantastic place and made all the more enjoyable for the kids by a wide selection of games that are distributed around the site for anyone to pick up and play. I spent most of the time taking photos of the architecture, which is great as inspiration for terrain scratch-building and as a source of ideas for scenarios, from the Hundred Years War to the Three Musketeers.